On November 11th, some of the children from The Free School Norwich took part in the Aviva Remembrance Day service at Marble Hall, Surrey Street. The children read three war poems to the congregation to remember all those who have given their lives in war. Broadland Choir also performed at the service and a bugler played the Last Post. The service was attended by several veterans of WWII and the Aviva employees.
In the Harvest term, the children of The Free School Norwich enjoyed taking part in The Romans in Britain Day. It was great to see so many children come to school dressed as Romans and learning activities throughout the day included the Roman invasion, Roman food tasting, life as a Roman soldier, a Roman artefacts handling session, a visit to the Roman Gallery Trail at Norwich Castle Museum and Roman mosaic making. The teachers also loved dressing up as Romans for the day too!
The Summer 2019 annual water fight was a particularly frenzied affair this year, with everyone including the Principal and teachers receiving a thorough soaking. Water bombs flew thick and fast with several children scoring spectacular direct hits. The water fight was followed by donuts and ice creams as everyone dried off and celebrated the end of another happy and successful year at The Free School Norwich.
The end of the Whitsun term saw the whole school dressed as Ancient Egyptians and the electricity in school switched off for No Electricity Day. The children had their lessons without the aid of electronic devices and everyone considered the different ways in which we can help preserve and protect our planet by reducing the amount of electricity we use.
During the Whitsun term, the Eco Committee joined forces with a group of volunteers from AVIVA to turn discarded plastic bottles a life-sized dolphin sculpture. The dolphin was displayed in the school entrance hall to remind visitors to the school to recycle their plastic bottles so that they do not end up polluting the oceans and causing harm to sea life.
In May, the children from The Free School Norwich took part in a day trip to France. The children were very excited to be travelling by Eurotunnel to Boulogne, where they enjoyed lunch in a traditional French restaurant before doing some sightseeing and souvenir shopping in the Old Town. The children then visited a traditional French bakery where they had great fun making their own baguettes and croissants to take home. A stop at the hypermarket in Calais for French cheese saw the last of the children’s Euros spent up before they boarded the Eurotunnel back to England at the end of a fantastic day.
The Free School Norwich is proud to have been presented with the Green Flag Award and praised for its commitment to the environment. The Green Flag Award is an internationally recognised mark run by Eco-Schools. It is given for excellence in environmental action and learning.
Principal Tania Sidney-Roberts said: “I am very proud of our children for working so hard and with such great commitment and enthusiasm towards this award. The children have had to make some key changes in their own lifestyles to help improve and protect the environment for the future. It is a fantastic achievement.”
In March our Year 3 children undertook their first residential visit to Aylmerton Field Study Centre in North Norfolk.
The children were very excited about the visit, where they took part in team building challenges, a visit to the Henry Blogg Museum and Lifeboat Station in Cromer and exploring the beach at West Runton for Palaeolithic evidence of the Ice Age.
The children also enjoyed meeting Monty the python and other amazing animals as well as listening to stories on a night walk through the woods at Alymerton.